Nigeria: Dangote Preps Local Engineers for Refinery

The Management of Dangote Oil Refinery said it is preparing young Nigerian graduates to take over the management of its 650,000 barrels per day single train refinery when it becomes operational next year.

President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, who made this disclosure on Saturday during the tour of the Dangote Refinery by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, said the outbreak of the Coronavirus in 2020, which forced many expatriates out of the construction site helped the company to identify great Nigerian talents.

“One thing that gladdens my heart is the young Nigerians we have trained to take over the operation of the Dangote Refinery. These young Nigerians are the ones that are going to run the refinery when it becomes operational.”

Speaking after the tour, Emefiele said an arrangement is being made to enable the refinery sell refined crude to Nigeria in naira when it commences production.

The CBN governor noted that the $15 billion projects being constructed by the Dangote Group would save Nigeria from expending about 41 per cent of its foreign exchange on importation of petroleum products.

“Based on agreement and discussions with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the oil companies, the Dangote Refinery can buy its crude in naira, refine it, and produce it for Nigerians’ use in naira.”


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